Backstage Report: Tracy Reese
The Inspiration: "There was a throwback to the '30s, '40s, and '50s this season, but we didn't want it to look too costume-y," said TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. Rockabilly rolls were placed differently on all the models, per Reese's direction, and the hair had lots of texture, rather than being retro-smooth. Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty kept the makeup "young, fresh, romantic, and dreamy."
Hair: Hair was prepped with mousse and then rough-dried (using hands rather than a brush) for extra texture. Next, Syfu clamped a flat iron "like a pancake" around random sections of hair and brushed it out "so it's nice and fluffy." To get the retro-rolls, she gathered a handful of hair and wrapped it around a chopstick, rolling it upward (not under) until the entire roll was on the scalp. Secure with bobby pins.
Makeup: Mally, who'd ditched her sky-high platforms by the time we chatted and worked barefoot instead, called translucent powder "the enemydisgusting!" and used her brand's gel-like Face Defender instead. The brows were strong and followed the models' natural shape, and the mascara was applied "thick and spiky", achieved by "moving the wand back and forth in a windshield wiper motion at the tips," explained Mally.
Nails: In her 12th consecutive season collaborating with Sally Hansen, Reese wanted optimistic shades influenced by nature. One of the first colors created this go-around, a pink with a hint of yellow, was used on both the models' nails and toes. As we wrapped up our interview, the designer herself popped in for a quick pre-show mani!
RB's Insider Tip: Mally, who uses a different color of lip gloss on the bottom and upper lips, was very specific about the correct way to apply. "There's a melding process. You're actually marrying two colors and want to keep some dimension. Even Beyonce knows, you never rub your lips together!," she said, name-checking a famous client. Instead, she showed us how to say "ma ma ma" to lightly blend the colors.
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